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February 18, 2013
Fresno State was one of the first schools to identify the talents of wide receiver/defensive back Ladarius Wiley from Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral. Joining the Bulldogs with early offers are Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Cal.
Schools that are evaluating Wiley and could be offering in the near future are Northwestern, Boise State, Michigan, Oregon, Nebraska, Boston College, Arizona State, Oklahoma, Clemson, UCLA and Washington State.
Wiley talks about the three schools that have already tendered offers.
"Fresno State is a good school," Wiley said. "I am going on a visit up there again in a couple of weeks.
"When went up there the players were cool. They accepted me like I was already in the family. They talked to me. They welcomed me. The coaches are cool and they are down to earth."
Wiley also enjoyed trips he made to California and Cal Poly.
"Cal was also cool," Wiley said. "Weather wise it was cold, but I really liked it up there. I liked the locker rooms, the field and I liked the environment. I really like the school, too. I know that's what my mom is looking at, the academic part.
"Cal Poly is a lovely school. The coaches love you. I call them everyday and they enjoy talking to you. Cal Poly is a good school."
What is Wiley looking for in a college?
"The whole college experience," Wiley said. "Getting to know the whole college. Getting to know the family, the tradition, the teammates, all that stuff.
"I've been discussing location and my mom wants me to be not too close, but close enough to where she can go to the games. I would go to an out of state school. Area doesn't really matter because I know my family will come visit me.
"The biggest part are academics and get a good education because football won't last forever. I will need an education and if a good education will take me out of state, then I guess I will go to school out of state."
Wiley is extremely competitive but plays the game with such joy that you rarely see him without a smile. He works on his routes and takes pride in his ability to get open while being where he is supposed to be.
He's also an outstanding blocker, which he attributes to wanting to be a good teammate.
As a junior, Wiley was named first-team all-league and was his team's co-offensive MVP after hauling in 45 receptions for 564 yards and 10 touchdowns. He averaged 12.5 yards per catch.
Playing spot duty on defense, Wiley racked up 38 tackles, five pass deflections, one interception, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble.
The 6-foot-2, 187-pound receiver is planning on taking in as many camps as he can. He plans on attending the NUC, Rivals and Nike Camps this spring. He is also planning on taking in some college camps. He hopes to go Oklahoma, Oregon, Washington and Missouri.
Wiley is also going to compete on multiple seven-on-seven teams this summer.
Stay tuned to FSBulldogs.com for more updates on the 2013 Fresno State recruiting class. You can follow us on Twitter at @FresnoDogs.
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